Plant Care Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam

About Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Elephant Foot Yam likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Taxonomy

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
Amorphophallus
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Whitespot giant arum

How to care for Elephant Foot Yam

💦 Water

How often to water your Elephant Foot Yam

Water needs for Elephant Foot Yam
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant Foot Yam needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Elephant Foot Yam

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Elephant Foot Yam in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elephant Foot Yam: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Elephant Foot Yam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Elephant Foot Yam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Elephant Foot Yam in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Elephant Foot Yam

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elephant Foot Yam: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Elephant Foot Yam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Elephant Foot Yam prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Elephant Foot Yam Water Frequency →

Elephant Foot Yam Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Elephant Foot Yam requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Elephant Foot Yam Light Requirements →

Elephant Foot Yam Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Elephant Foot Yam does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Elephant Foot Yam →

When and How to Successfully Repot Elephant Foot Yam →


💩 Fertilizer

Elephant Foot Yam is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Elephant Foot Yam →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Elephant Foot Yam can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Elephant Foot Yam Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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